West Virginia DT Darius Stills Earns Rutgers Offer

Fairmont (W.V.) Darius Hills spoke with Scarlet Report about his unofficial Rutgers visit and the verbal scholarship offer that followed.

Rutgers wants finishers on its defensive line. Fairmont (W.V.) 2017 Darius Stills showed coach Chris Ash that in two of his final three camp appearances as a rising senior.

Stills showed Ash and other coaches during the Washington, D.C., Sound Mind Sound Body camp to earn an invitation to campus.

Stills did the same Sunday, and earned a verbal scholarship offer I the process.

“They like me as a defensive tackle because I'm 270 now and I'm probably going to get up to about 300 pounds,” Stills said. “They don't want a 300-pound defensive end, and they said they fit what they want in a defensive tackle. …

“The Big Ten is one of the best conferences. The Big Ten conference is a line of scrimmage league. Whoever dominates the line of scrimmage wins. That would mean a lot to contribute to that.”

Stills worked out in front of Ash and defensive line coach Shane Burnham.

“I just felt comfortable around them, no bad vibes,” Stills said. “They just spoke with me, didn't hold anything back. Coach Ash was really cool. He was straight up with us. … They would like for me to commit because they offered me but they weren't really pushing me to commit right away. They really would like to have me.”

Rutgers stands on good footing after the offer, he said.

“I want to keep my recruitment open and don't want to have lists or cut anyone out but if I had to say right now, it would be Rutgers on the top,” Stills said.


Stills' younger brother Dante Stills also picked up a Rutgers offer during the visit.

“[Our visit] went better than I expected,” Darius Stills said. “I liked all of the coaches because I felt comfortable around them. They're all young. I related to them. I was excited about the offer. It's my first power-five offer, and Dante got it too. …

“That's very important because Dante and I want to play together in college. They're the only college that's offered us both. That's good because we really would like to do it together.”

Stills and his brother hope to be back at Rutgers during the season, he said. He has one more camp in West Virginia and unofficial visits planned to Appalachian State and Liberty.

“I'm looking for good academics,” he said. “I want to get an education. I'm also looking for [comfort]. I don't want to go somewhere where I get a bad vibe from the coaches. Also, great teammates, a great living situation, a great classroom environment.

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